Golden Alga Bloom Reports

Please note: Evidence of a golden alga-related fish kill is often difficult to track. Large numbers of small fish may be killed. Predators such as birds and raccoons may eat larger dead fish before they are observed or counted. Also, dead fish quickly sink below the surface, which interferes with counts. Estimates of numbers killed are only as good as the evidence available on the scene. The public is asked to report dead or dying fish and wildlife as soon as possible to TPWD's 24-hour communications center at 512-389-4848.

Texas River Basins Map

February 25, 2019 – Colorado River Basin
Comanche Trails Park – A water sample from Comanche Trails Park in Odessa had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Beal Park – A water sample from Beal Park in Midland had a moderate density of P. parvum cells and was classified as highly toxic to fish.
C.J. Kelly Park – A water sample from C.J. Kelly Park in Midland had a low density of P. parvum cells and classified as non-toxic to fish.
E.V. Spence – Water samples from Wildcat Creek and Paint Creek had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as slightly toxic to fish.  A water sample from the Lake Shore Boat Ramp had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 25, 2019 – Rio Grande Basin
Lake Ascarate – Water samples from the north end, south end, and mid-lake had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 20, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Sweetwater – Water samples from the dam and upper creek area had no detectable P. parvum cells.
North Anson Lake – A water sample from the boat ramp had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Lake Stamford – Water samples from the Anchor Ramp and Lake Stamford Marina had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 19, 2019 – Colorado River Basin
E.V. Spence – A water sample from Wildcat Creek had a moderate concentration of P. parvum cells and was classified as slightly toxic to fish.
Lake Colorado City – A water sample from Colorado City State Park had low a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.

February 18, 2019 – Colorado River Basin
Concho River – Water samples from Veribest Park and Mullins Crossing had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Elm Creek – A water sample from Ballinger City Park had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Colorado River – A water sample from the 12 Mile Boat Ramp on the Colorado River had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Brady Creek – Water samples from Melvin and the Boat Ramp on Brady Creek had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 7, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Lofer’s Bend, McCown Valley Park, and Steele Creek had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 6, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam, the FM 51 Bridge, and the US Business 377 Bridge had no detectable P. parvum cells.

February 5, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Possum Kingdom Lake – A water sample from Johnson Rd. had no detectable P. parvum cells. Samples from the dam and Sandy Beach had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish. A water sample from the Deep Elm Arm had moderate density of P. parvum cells nd was classified as non-toxic to fish.

February 4, 2019 – Colorado River Basin
Beal Park – A water sample from Beal Park in Midland had a moderate density of P. parvum cells and was classified as highly toxic to fish.
C.J. Kelly Park – A water sample from C.J. Kelly Park in Midland had a high density of P. parvum cells but was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Comanche Trails Park – A water sample from Comanche Trails Park in Odessa had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.

January 14, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Lake North Anson – A water sample from the boat ramp had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Lake Stamford – Water samples from the Anchor Ramp and Stamford Marina had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Lake McCarty – A water sample from the boat ramp had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Hubbard Creek Lake – Water samples from the US 180 Bridge and the Dam Boat Ramp had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Lake Sweetwater – A water sample from the upper creek area had no detectable P. parvum cells. A sample from the dam had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
January 7, 2019 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Lofer’s Bend and McCown Valley Park had no detectable P. parvum cells. A sample from Steele Creek had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam, FM 51 Bridge, and US Business 377 Bridge had no detectable P. parvum cells.
Possum Kingdom – Water samples from the dam and Johnson Road Bridge had no detectable P. parvum cells.  Water samples from Sandy Beach and the Deep Elm Arm had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
January 7, 2019 – Colorado River Basin
Comanche Trails Park – A water sample from Comanche Trails Park in Odessa had no detectable P. parvum cells.
January 7, 2019 – Rio Grande River Basin
Lake Ascarate – Water samples from the north end, south end, and middle of Lake Ascarate in El Paso had no detectable P. parvum cells.
December 18, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Dyess Air Force Base – Water samples from Totten Lake and the Hospital Pond had no detectable P. parvum cells. A water sample from the Golf Course Pond had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
December 17, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Lofer’s Bend, McCown Valley Park, and Steele Creek had no detectable P. parvum cells.
December 12, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Possum Kingdom – Water samples from the dam, Johnson Rd. Bridge, and Sandy Beach had no detectable P. parvum cells.  A water sample from Deep Elm Arm had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
December 11, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam and the US Business 377 Bridge had no detectable P. parvum cells. A water sample from the FM 51 Bridge had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
December 10, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Sweetwater – A water sample from the Upper Creek of Lake Sweetwater had no detectable P. parvum cells. A water sample from the dam had a high density of P. parvum cells and was classified as highly toxic to fish.
North Anson Lake – A water sample from the boat ramp had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Lake Stamford – Water samples from the Anchor Ramp and Stamford Marina had no detectable P. parvum cells.
December 17, 2018 – Pecos River Basin
Beal Park, Midland– A water sample from the park pond had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as slightly toxic to fish.
CJ Kelly Park, Midland – A water sample from the park pond had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
Comanche Trails Park, Odessa – A water sample from the pond had no detectable P. parvum cells. A water sample from the Golf Course Pond had a low density of P. parvum cells and was classified as non-toxic to fish.
March 12, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Steele Creek and Lofer’s Bend contained no detectable P. parvum cells. Water samples from McCown Valley Park contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
March 12, 2018 – Colorado River Basin
Lake Colorado City – Water samples collected from the state park contained moderate densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as highly toxic to fish.
Moss Creek – Water samples collected from the boat ramp at Moss Creek contained no detectable P. parvum cells.
E.V. Spence – Water samples collected from Wildcat Creek contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
Champion Creek – Water samples collected from Champion Creek Reservoir contained no detectable P. parvum cells.
Brady Creek – Water samples collected from the park ramp contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
Colorado River – Water samples collected at the 12 Mile Boat Ramp contained no detectable P. parvum cells.
Lake O.H. Ivie – Water samples collected from the Concho River Boat Ramp contained no detectable P. parvum cells.
March 7, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam and the US Business 377 Bridge on Lake Granbury had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish. Water samples from the FM 51 Bridge contained no detectable P. parvum cells. Local residents have reported minor fish kills in various locations along the lakeshore. These fish kills are suspected to be caused by golden alga blooms.
February 27, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Possum Kingdom – Water samples from South D&D, Sam’s Dock, Willow Beach, and Fox Hollow all contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish. Water samples from Sandy Beach contained moderate densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as slightly toxic to fish. Local residents reported a fish kill in between Willow Beach and Sandy Beach on February 19, 2018 that is suspected to have been caused by a golden alga bloom.
February 26, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Sweetwater – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake Sweetwater contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
Lake Kirby – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake Kirby contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Hubbard Creek Reservoir – Water samples from the dam boat ramp and the Highway 180 Bridge contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
North Anson Lake – Water samples from the boat ramp on North Anson Lake contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Lake McCarty – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake McCarty contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Lake Stamford – Water samples from the marina boat ramp and the Anchor Boat Ramp contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Lake Fort Phantom Hill – Water samples from the East Lake Boat Ramp contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
February 26, 2018 – Red River Basin
Plum Lake – Water samples from Plum Lake contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
February 14, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam and the US Business 377 Bridge contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish. Water samples from the FM 51 Bridge contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
February 13, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Lofer's Bend, McCown Valley, and Steele Creek contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
February 8, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Water samples from the dam, Johnson Road, and Sandy Beach had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish. Water samples from Deep Elm Arm contained moderate densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
February 5, 2018 – Colorado River Basin
E.V. Spence – Water samples from Paint Creek contained no measureable P. parvum cells. Water samples from Wildcat Creek contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
February 3, 2018 – Rio Grande Basin
Beal Park (Midland) – Water samples from Beal Park had low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
C.J. Kelly Park (Midland) – Water samples from C.J. Kelly Park had moderate densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
 
January 9, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Sweetwater – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake Sweetwater contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as slightly toxic to fish.
Lake Kirby – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake Kirby contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Hubbard Creek – Water samples from the dam boat ramp and the Highway 180 Bridge contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Lake Stamford – Water samples from the marina boat ramp and the Anchor Boat Ramp contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
North Anson – Water samples from the boat ramp on North Anson Reservoir contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Lake McCarty – Water samples from the boat ramp on Lake McCarty contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
Fort Phantom Hill – Water samples from the East Lake Boat Ramp on Lake Fort Phantom Hill contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
January 5, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Whitney – Water samples from Lofer’s Bend and Steele Creek contained no measureable P. parvum cells.  Water samples from McCown Valley Park contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
January 4, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Possum Kingdom – Water samples from the dam, and Johnson Road had no measureable P. parvum cells. Water samples from Sandy Beach and Deep Elm Arm contained moderate densities of P. parvum cells and were classified as non-toxic to fish.
January 3, 2018 – Rio Grande Basin
CJ Kelly Park (Midland) – Water samples from CJ Kelly Park contained high densities of P. parvum cells but were not considered toxic to fish.
Beal Park (Midland) – Water samples from Beal Park contained low densities of P. parvum cells and were classified has having a low toxicity to fish.
Comanche Trails Park (Odessa) – Water samples from Comanche Trails Park had no measureable P. parvum cells.
January 3, 2018 – Colorado River Basin
O.H. Ivie – Water samples from the Abilene Pump Station and the Concho River Arm on Lake O.H. Ivie contained no measureable P. parvum cells.
January 3, 2018 – Brazos River Basin
Lake Granbury – Water samples from the dam, the FM 51 Bridge, and the US Business 377 Bridge all had low densities of P. parvum cells and were not classified as toxic to fish.

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Take Action
  • Report Kills - If you see a fish kill or suspect golden alga, contact TPWD's 24-hour communications centers at 512-389-4848 (Austin).
  • Get the Facts - TPWD has collaborated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other entities to produce a golden alga information card. Download a PDF from the TCEQ website or request a free hard copy from TPWD at hab@tpwd.texas.gov.